The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hits KFC dining experience in Australia. Video / NBC
KFC offers its fans a unique culinary experience in the world.
The fast-food giant will serve a bespoke 11-course tasting menu incorporating KFC ingredients, for three nights at a secret location in Sydney in April.
And the news made international headlines – even catching the attention of American talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
During her monologue on Friday, Fallon couldn’t help but poke fun at the adventure.
“Guys, take this. KFC Australia is launching an 11-course gourmet menu, with wine pairing,” he began.
“Most gourmet dishes don’t come with a fork.”
But die-hard fans are eager to try the bespoke tasting with around 20,000 people having already entered their names in a bid to win a seat at the luxury event.
“We wanted to take our famous Kentucky Fried Chicken to the next level to showcase the fresh, high-quality food we use every day in our restaurants,” Kristi Woolrych, CMO at KFC Australia, told news.com. to.
“[So] what could be better than creating an 11-course la-di-da tasting experience?
“The tasting menu will present our most iconic dishes in a decadent and surprising way through a unique dining experience that we know our fans will go crazy for.”
She said that while she wouldn’t say too much, fans are in for “a real treat.”
“This is a world first and a unique experience for KFC fans and I guarantee they won’t be disappointed.”
Meals are created by celebrity chef and Sydney restaurant owner, Nelly Robinson.
“For the menu, I took 11 KFC dishes and reinvented the way flavors and textures come to life using my expertise in tasting menus to really wow fans,” he said.
The 11 courses will feature popular dishes and ingredients from the KFC menu, with some of the most “wow-blowing” being a gravy candle that literally melts, allowing you to dip your potato bread in the “wax”.
Another insane dish is the Tongue Twister, where you take your plate and lick the colonel’s face to discover the flavors of KFC tomato, lettuce and pepper mayonnaise.
There are also “normal” dishes like the Supercharged Wings, cooked on a bed of charcoal and the Popcorn Chicken served with a soup of celery root, mushroom gnocchi and basil.
Robinson completes the dining experience with wine pairings and guests will eat plates imported from Japan.
Robinson, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and is known as the king of tasting, said he wasn’t worried about what teaming up with a fast-food restaurant might do to his reputation.
“I don’t care what people think of me,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“People have asked me why I combined with a brand like this and really, when you sum it up, it’s because it’s fun.
“We’ve had a shit the past two years, but this menu overhaul made me smile. It’s a real joy.”
He described it as a “dream come true”.
“As a lifelong KFC fan, creating an 11-course tasting with their most beloved menu items and taking them to new heights has been a dream come true,” Robinson said.
The only downside to this new venture is that it will only run for three nights, from April 1 to April 3.
Lucky KFC fans will be contacted from March 23 if they have secured a seat at the table.
Tasting costs $75 per person and sessions will take place each evening at 5pm and 8:30pm at a secret location in Alexandria, Sydney.
The company is also helping a good cause: KFC donates 100% of profits to its charity partners: The Black Dog Institute, ReachOut Australia and Whitelion.